vision is for a high quality new venue, with a year-round
programme of traditional and contemporary music, theatre,
dance, comedy and other performing arts.
important is a chance for people of all ages to participate
in arts workshops and activities.
The new £5 million centre will also be a focus for other
events, such as those around carnival time and for several
new film, music and literature festivals that are planned.
will be open to the public day and night, creating an exciting
new arts and cultural landmark at the gateway to the city
in 1974, Kuumba is the only African Caribbean resource centre
in the south west and aims to promote African Caribbean arts
activities and encourage greater access to the arts.
has been working on acquiring and building on derelict land
in Stokes Croft since 1979, but problems have dragged on and
it is only now that things have become more positive.
present buildings are in Hepburn Road, St Paul's
lead consultant, David Drake said that it now looked as if
the site could be acquired and work started within the next
18 months, with the centre open to the public in 2006.
an ambitious project, but it's something Bristol needs and
will celebrate," he told the BBC Bristol website.
"This idea of a venue is a dream for the organisation
and we hope it will become a reality in the next three years."
The Arts Council has already pledged £2.1m to the project
and additional funding will come from Bristol City Council
and other agencies.
The centre is seen as a major resource for the Stokes Croft
area and will help expand the city centre.
Kuumba is currently trying to find out what people who will
use the venue, and those who might be encouraged into coming
along, actually want from an arts centre.
the next few weeks researchers will be out on the streets
and in pubs, clubs and other city venues, polling people about
If you want to take part and have your say, simply send an
e-mail to Kuumba
or telephone Samantha on 01934 751009.
Alternatively, you can pick up and fill in a form at Kuumbas
offices at 20-23 Hepburn Road, Stokes Croft. The survey takes
only a few minutes and details of your name and address are